This morning, I read again from the gorgeous gardening, meditation, living life book, “Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World,” by Wendy Johnson. She writes in a way that makes me want to go out and kiss my garden and hold the dirt in my hands and whisper blessings over it for all it does for us. Farm … Continue reading Of Cycles and Circles and Seeds and Beginnings
We say Organic-ish, because we do use Wasp Spray. Other than that, we don’t spray anything on our garden, no chemicals, no weed-killers, and it turns out, that’s a really good thing. Our animals love all those weeds. At first we were pulling weeds, now I’m out every morning Clipping Weeds. That’s right, I clip them because I need them to grow back. Our turkeys, … Continue reading Unexpected Up-Side of our Organic-ish Farming Venture
This morning, we changed up the chores. We have so many more animals this year than we did last year at this time, that we spend all morning feeding, watering, milking, and cleaning up after animals, and our garden is still barely in. Today, Scott suggested that I spend all morning (all chore time, that is – all the way up until 6:25 when it’s … Continue reading Mostly, We Laugh
The Corn is in the ground and so are the Broccoli plants. Let’s see. Yesterday we got in the tomatoes, onions, carrots, kale, jalapeno, lemon cucumbers, and watermelons. Even with knee-pads and gloves for gardening, my knees are aching, and my hands are caked with dirt and soil amendments. Bean played in what will eventually be one of the duck ponds, and pretended to fish. We … Continue reading Here’s to Gardening Imperfections, and Joy in General Messiness!
There is nothing like the smell of fresh Rosemary fresh between fingers, fresh from the garden, dirt under nails from digging, dirt on knees; you could say from praying, but it isn’t, really. Unless praying is cooing to the plants doing well, inhaling deep to fill the lungs, and knowing each miracle of bud unfurled is another occasion for wonder. Worn, green fingers smell of tomato plants, mix … Continue reading All this Talk of Rosemary and Religion
We’ve been so busy with everything, I haven’t posted any pictures. This will help to catch us up! Continue reading Partial Harvest
Peas from this Morning! Remember all those months ago – way back in January or February – when we first planted the seeds for these Peas? Well, that first batch didn’t make it. I had to try again, but here they are, this morning, tall and gorgeous and with Peas growing every which way, all flouncy and bubbly and growing every day more gangly, but … Continue reading Beloved Adolescence!
The big news is that my garden now has water. We have been painstakingly putting in water lines, and then little spaghetti tubing, and then little tiny sprinkler or dripper or dribbler heads for every single one of the baby seedling plants in the garden, so that while we are at work, they will not dry out. We still have no idea what we’re doing. … Continue reading Drink!
Could there be anything more glorious than the sight – nearly 6 weeks after that first seed was kissed tenderly and placed into the ground? I went out to check on my seedlings in the greenhouse – and those are all doing splendidly. Then went to bring over more chips to put in between our deep, wide rows. The only things that are planted outside right … Continue reading Sprouts
This is a Before Picture of where our Garden will be planted. A good imagination can be a good thing! Because before me I see neatly planted rows of beautiful produce. Every shade of green is there, along with rich purples, bright yellows and reds as far as the eye can see in our tomato patch. This is the before garden, strewn with tall, spiky … Continue reading Field of Big Dreams
This book was a Christmas present from my husband and kids. I am the one responsible for researching what we’re doing here with this garden. Here’s a quote from Chapter One! “I have been gardening for twenty-five years and have never seen such gardening excitement in the air as I have in the last five years. There is definitely a shift taking place. As I … Continue reading Changing the World – One Garden at a Time!